Astellas USA Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: Astellas USA Foundation does not zero in on any single mental illness in its grantmaking. Rather, this funder looks to programs promoting overall positive mental health and well-being.

IP TAKE: Astellas seems to cultivate long-term partnerships with its grantees. This may make it a bit more difficult for grantseekers to get the foundation’s attention. However, this a pretty approachable funder, so organizations whose work aligns with Astellas’ grantmaking priorities shouldn’t hesitate to reach out.

PROFILE: Established in 2005 by the pharmaceutical company Astellas, the Astellas USA Foundation awards grants out of three main programs: Health and Well-Being, STEM Education, and Disaster Response. The foundation awards grants to projects and programs with a national scope; it also awards regional grants to organizations working in Northbrook and Skokie, Illinois; Santa Monica, California; Norman, Oklahoma; and Washington, D.C.

Mental health grants come out of its Health and Well-Being program; the foundation does not appear to zero in on any one particular mental illness. Rather, this funder tends to look to programs promoting overall mental health and well-being. For example, the Boys Town National Hotline is an Astellas grantee. Boys Town phone lines are open 24 hours a day and are staffed with counselors for teenagers in crisis and having thoughts of self-harm.

To learn more about Astellas grantees, explore its Partners page.

Astellas doesn’t award a large number of grants each year, usually around 20. Grant amounts vary widely, from a low of $2,500 to a high of $400,000. However, most tend to fall between $50,000 and $250,000.

Astellas accepts unsolicited grant applications from registered nonprofits in the United States and Canada. Grantseekers should note that it can be a lengthy process from application to funding, lasting anywhere from three to six months. Organizations may also submit multiple applications within the same year.

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